We live in a digital society in which our lives are connected by the internet and digital technologies. While these technologies are wonderful but they come with certain risks that individuals and businesses should be aware of. Data breaches, in which personal information is stolen are one of the risks.

What can you do to protect the personal information of your clients and customers? You can lessen the chance of data breaches by doing a variety of things. Limit the amount of information you collect. Only collect information that is necessary to carry out your business operations. You should also limit how long personal data is stored and remove it immediately when it’s no longer required.

You can also use encryption software to safeguard the data you’ve got. This makes it very difficult for hackers to access the data should they gain access to your system. You should also make sure that your devices are protected physically. Never leave your device in a room unattended, and always secure them when you are not making use of them.

You should also get in the habit of reading privacy policies. This will give you an understanding of how the businesses you work with collect and process, as well as share your personal information. They should be able explain why they are collecting your data, and also answer any questions that you may have.

It is important to be aware of the different definitions for personal data in different countries in order to understand that each jurisdiction has specific laws that govern the way you handle personal data. Many of these definitions however, are similar. It is important to know what constitutes personal data in order to comply.